Tupelo developer proposes new commercial project in Bristol

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It’s been some time since the land at 75 Tupelo St. held a lumberyard for JT’s Lumber. Now a local developer has plans to turn the area into an incubator space, where marine and building trades can benefit from small and affordable units.

After meeting with the town’s technical review committee, and modifying the plans based on their recommendations, Ron Blanchard of SITE Engineering presented the preliminary plans to the town’s planning board on Tuesday evening for a public hearing on the proposed project. No one spoke in favor or against the plans.

Tupelo Cove, LLC, managed by Angus Davis, a Bristol resident and entrepreneur, purchased the land in 2012. The intended use is to provide flex space to tradesmen, consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan to encourage manufacturing in an enterprise zone.

Plans for the 2.3 acres include demolition of the buildings currently on the property, and the construction of two 15,000-square-foot buildings, providing 20 separate work spaces for craftsmen in the construction and marine trades. The Bristol Town Council recently approved an ordinance that changed the zoning from general business to manufacturing. The Tupelo Cove project would also likely benefit from the town's tax stabilization ordinance that offers tax incentives for developers who plan to revitalize vacant space and promote economic growth.

The planning board unanimously approved the preliminary plan on Tuesday.

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